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History Alive @ Fort Lytton

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by Denise H-C (subscribe)
Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
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Soldiers, knights, traditional craftsmen, dancers and bards

Journey through time this weekend at Fort Lytton National Park and experience 2000 years of living history.

See life as it was over the centuries, from Roman to Medieval, Renaissance, Napoleonic, Colonial through to 20th century and enjoy a walk through the ages. This writer loves wandering through the historic festivals smelling the campfires, tasting traditional foods and learning how things were done in a time when life was more simple and people took my care of their fellow neighbours.

Enjoy the market stalls selling food, jewellery, weapons and armour.

History Alive showcases traditional practices, campsites, military vehicles, arms and armour, artillery and equipment, with demonstrations on how they were used.

History Alive, Fort Lytton, what's on June Brisbane (Photo by Jeff Fitzpatrick)

History Alive is presented by the Queensland Living History Federation, consisting of 60 members group and over 800 members, formed to represent the interests of Living Historian and Re-enactor groups in Queensland.

Gates open each day at 9.30am with events beginning at 10am. Featuring:

Middle Eastern dancing
American Civil War practice drills demonstrations
Viking warrior training
Knights merchants and traders arms display
Renaissance fencing
Women in history
Knights Templar church service
Historic skills demonstrations including vase making,medieval rope, leatherwork, medieval cheesemaking, hnefetafal spoon carving, bucket making, woodturning,maypole workshops, textile arts, washing displays, as well as a host of other interesting talks and demonstrations to interest everyone

The activities also include battle and arms displays through the ages.

History Alive, Fort Lytton, what's on June Brisbane (Photo by Jeff Fitzpatrick)

For a full list of the activities, demonstrations and times, see the Event Program on the History Alive website.

While you walk around enjoying the huge array of festivities, enjoy a variety of music from different lands and eras to get you in the mood.

Look out for the firing of the 64 pound cannon and drill at 2pm, followed by a 13th Century Knights Templar Tournament at 2.30pm. In fact, there are so many great events on the main stage throughout the day that you won't want to miss any of them.

Kids will be fascinated by their walk through history, and are sure to be kept occupied with the Childrens Games at 3pm.

Lytton Hall plays host to a range of talks sure to fascinate history buffs and enthusiasts.

The event is held over two days at Fort Lytton, which in itself is an important piece of our history, being built in the 1880s to halt fears of a Russian attack on British colonies in the Pacific.

Each day closes at 4pm with cannon fire.

Tickets are available online or at the gate:

Family (two adults and up to four children)
- Day Pass: $45, Weekend Pass: $60

- Day Pass: $15, Weekend Pass: $25

School age children and Concession:
- Day Pass: $10, Weekend Pass: $15

Children under five are free

For details on how to get there and other important information, check out the official website.

This is a fun family day or weekend at historical Fort Lytton National Park, and is a great way for kids to learn more about our history.

Before you get to event on the day, there are a couple of points to note. Eftpos is available at entry for ticket purchase, but nowhere else in the festival.

While dressing up in traditional clothing is encourages, swords and weapons are not permitted into the event.
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Why? Enjoy learning about history
When: 7 and 8 June 2014
Where: Fort Lytton National Park, corner of Lytton Road and South Street, Lytton
Cost: See above or official website
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